Over 1,200 athletes from 11 districts in the state will be participating in the first ever Nagaland Olympics which will begin today and culminate on December 16.
The event will witness sports of various disciplines including wushu, wrestling, volleyball, taekwondo, table tennis, lawn tennis, football, badminton, boxing, archery, athletics and sepaktakraw.
The event has been organized by Nagaland Olympic Association and sponsored by the Government of Nagaland.
The opening ceremony will begin at 5 pm on Tuesday at Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC), Dimapur, with Nagaland Governor, P B Acharya, as the chief guest.
The ceremony will include performances by Lords of Rock, Maple Tree School students, Epicon, Tetsoe Sisters, Naga Folklore Group, Akhrole Keyho, Ethnic Future, Faith in Action and various other artistes.
The organizers have invited everyone to come and witness the event as entry will be free.
Events in each discipline will be conducted by the respective affiliated state sports associations under the supervision of the technical committee of the games.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioners of the districts, who are also the chairmen of the District Sports Councils, were entrusted with the responsibility of the respective district contingents.
The organizing committee of the games had already sanctioned a preparatory grant to each district for preparation of the district contingent. The amount was meant for selection, training, uniforms, kits and travel arrangements to and from the event.
Each district contingent include a chef-de-mission, contingent team manager, deputy contingent team manager, team manager and coaches of each discipline.
The organizing committee is providing accommodation, food and local transport for the contingents at Dimapur.
Participants have been directed to bring their own playing kits and team uniforms, including respective bedding and mosquito nets.
The NOC also confirmed that the much-anticipated event has the approval and endorsement of the Nagaland Government and is a mandatory event to be conducted under the Olympic Charter.